Eating in Cancun, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres

by Andie Mitchell on June 1, 2012

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Typical breakfast included at many hotels and hostels in Mexico: 2 pieces of white bread toasted with butter and jam, orange juice, and coffee.

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Called the ‘Sooper Dooper’ at Buho’s restaurant in Isla Mujeres: 2 fried eggs, 2 slices bacon, toast, 2 small hotcakes.

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Even while traveling, I love to eat a big salad at lunch. It’s incredibly easy to do in almost every country because I either order a large plate of fresh vegetables alongside delicious street food or a full salad topped with avocado and some sort of wildly flavorful fish, beef, chicken, or pork. What’s important to me is tasting the local flavors while filling up on fresh produce.

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Grilled portobello mushroom quesadilla with salsa verde from Mango Café in Isla Mujeres

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Tostones con guacamole. Tostones (also called patacones) are fried rounds of unripe plantains.

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This particular guacamole from Mango Café in Isla Mujeres was interesting because of the addition of mango puree and finely diced Granny Smith apple.

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Grouper and shrimp ceviche eaten on the beach at Buho’s in Isla Mujeres

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Cappuccino at Mezzanine in Tulum

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Sangria made with fresh lemonade

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Slow roasted chickens served whole with rice, beans, and corn tortillas

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Churros

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Teeny tiny frosted banana cupcakes

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Mexican street food- chile relleno, chicken taco

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Chicken soup I bought from a street vendor on a 90 degree F day. Bold move.

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Sope with carne asada. Sope has a base of thick corn tortilla dough, fried and then topped with meats, cheese, and salsa.

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Cucumber, jicama, and avocado salad with mango vinaigrette

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Whole steamed Vietnamese hogfish

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Pork al pastor, chicken thighs, ensalada

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Marquesita- a crisper take on a crepe rolled with nutella and cheese while hot.

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Every kind of taco that a local Tulum restaurant offered, each for 7 pesos (roughly 50 cents in the U.S.)

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle in N. Cal June 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Every single food pic looks amazing! (well, okay, I might pass on the toast ;-) I’d love to try the Tostones con guacamole. I’ve never known of that combo!

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Divya June 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Oh my god I’m drooling…

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Amandine June 2, 2012 at 2:05 am

Looks divine! Have you had any stomach problems with eating fresh produce? I’ve always heard that it was best to stay away from since our American tummies are so fragile!

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Jenny June 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

Andie!

Thank you for such lovely, delightful, DELICIOUS looking posts!
You have been such an inspiration to me over the last year with my 10-year struggle of “extreme” eating; either nothing at all for days at a time, or bingeing every 4 days or so. Thank you for encouraging me to be “ok” with food again in an indirect way. Your absolutely wonderful, intelligent, and joyful posts motivate me to enjoy food and life for what it’s worth. Our world is better because of your influence! :)

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Diane June 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

Some wonderful dishes and a few of our local favorites (Mango Cafe)…
For the question about “American Tummies”… start taking probiotics a couple of weeks before your trip, during and for a week or so after. That really helps keep things happy.
Living in Mexico we eat yogurt every day (smoothie for breakfast usually)… that works well too. We eat everywhere and just about anything. You do need to be a little careful about salads (lettuces) and eat them at places you know to be good about cleaning veg properly. But anything that is cooked or peeled should be no problem. Cancun, Tulum and Isla Mujeres should all be fine anywhere you go. (especially Isla).

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Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! June 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

Yum! your posts make me want to go back to Mexico now!!
We ate some delicious food in playa del carmen, everything from Indian to Germany and the amazing mexican food.

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Kim Harris June 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

Thanks for the food porn !

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Amanda June 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

So much of this looks amazingly delicious. Now I’m hungry!

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Susan Stocking June 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’m loving your blog! I shared this with the folks at Cancun Map (map chick) and Mango’s. Isla Mujeres is just one of my favorite spots ever, and I love the great food on the island.

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Nancy June 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Wonderful pictures and they made me even more anxious to go back to Mexico soon.

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Erica June 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

It is 9 a.m. and I am drooling. Each food pic kept getting better and better. What a trip!

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stephanie @cookinfanatic June 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

this is my food HEAVEN. the end.

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Trisha June 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Street tacos=love.

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Emily @ I'd Rather Walk June 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

That food looks amazing – especially the tostones.

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Shawna June 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

omg soo hungry now!!! yumm

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Lindsey June 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

my mouth is watering for that avocado, jacima, cucumber salad.

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Erin Motz June 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

This comes at the perfect time – we’re going to Isla Mujeres this summer. One thing’s for sure, I’m SO convinced the food/water will make me sick! We went to the Dominican Republic and I didn’t even DRINK the water and still got ultra sick. Maybe the ice somewhere along the way?? Anyway, how did you guys fare? Everything looks superb! :)

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Diane June 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

The water on Isla Mujeres is very well chlorinated. It doesn’t taste very good so everyone has bottled water (5 gallon bottles) to drink but it won’t hurt you.
What makes most people feel badly here is excess alcohol consumption and not drinking enough water. Keep that in mind, eat yogurt daily and you won’t have any trouble. The food here on Isla is GREAT!

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Anna June 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Wow, everything looks so yummy! When I saw the close-up of the tostones with guacamole, I said out loud (to no one), “Mmmm, that looks good!”

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Ed June 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Please tell me you got the recipe for that soup.. I’ve been to Cancun, Isla and Cozumel last year, since then i’m desperate after that lime soup they served in Cozumel, but i can’t find a good one anywhere, i’d do (almost) anything to have the original recipe for that soup. i just loved it.

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